The Brooklyn Enigma is a band that formed in the late days of 2012 and have already written, recorded, and preparing to release their debut EP, "Brave Words." Their New Years Resolution must have been to create some catchy, melodic, dangerous hardcore music, because that's exactly what they've done. "Brave Words" is a five song (excluding the :30 second, creepy, ominous, eerie introduction) that takes on a sound that I can best associate with The Ghost Inside or Your Memorial, if I had to choose. Rough vocals throughout, melodic leads on guitar, and the occasional breakdown sprinkled throughout the EP make up the recipe that "Brave Words" is made of. This EP doesn't re-invent the wheel by any means, but not every band has to do that in order for a release to be deemed as quality. Anything that one can dance to, sing to, break in-animate objects to, is quality work in my book.
This album is full of energy. Every single song is slammed with down-tune riffing on guitar held together by an up-tempo assault on the drums. As far as instrumental sound goes, there is a fair amount of consistency throughout all of songs. The Brooklyn Enigma created a formula for the sound they wanted and stuck to it. Lyrical content has proven to be a strong-point for these young gents. Many instances, especially in "Cujo," are many call-out lyrics right before an earth shattering breakdown that would fit perfectly on a t-shirt (hint hint). "I can smell the fear in you" - "Cujo." Absolutely incredible. There are no musical slouches in The Brooklyn Enigma. The vocals bring mind-numbing power to the table while the guitars and bass perfectly follow the drums like ducklings following their mother when learning how to swim. "LBA," the EP's final track, is probably the heaviest on the album. With the "BLEGH," in the opening 30 seconds, I knew I was sold on the remainder of the song and I surely wasn't disappointed. The breakdowns are mean, the vocals are aggressive, and the guitar work is nothing short of juicy. This song is the complete package for an excellent debut EP.
I was also baffled at the amazing quality of the recording for a band just beginning its tenure in the metal world. The production leaves absolutely nothing behind. Every instrument can be heard clearly and the overall sound isn't too slick or damp. For a debut EP that was created in a little over 4 months, this is a solid piece of work and something I'd definitely recommend giving a listen to.
Record Label: Unsigned
Release Date: TBA